Terms and Conditions

Scholarship Terms & Conditions

Terms of Agreement – Enrolment

Russo Business School may sometimes offer scholarships to international students enrolled in a full degree program.   All scholarships will only be paid into a student’s Russo Business School Tuition Fee Account against their outstanding balance. Students awarded a scholarship should note they will not be eligible to receive the scholarship under any of the following circumstances:

  • Student fails to make full payment for ALL enrolled subjects by the appointed Tuition Fee Payment date for each trimester. (Please note: Tuition Fee Payment date is usually two weeks after the commencement of lectures)
  • Student withdraws from a nominated course, or moves to a shorter or cheaper program.
  • Student not enrolled in a full program at Russo Business School
  • Student found guilty of “Academic Misconduct” in any subject (e.g. student engages in cheating or plagiarism)”

General Conditions

  • I declare that I am not an Australian or New Zealand citizen and am not a permanent resident of Australia.
  • I understand that this offer of a place at RBS will lapse if an Acceptance and Payment Agreement form is not received by RBS by the commencement date, or I have not deferred my offer.
  • I agree to be bound by the statutes, rules and policies of RBS as amended from time to time and will be subject to the lawful instructions of the officers of RBS. I understand that there are conditions for cancellation and have read the guidelines for Deferral, Suspension or Cancellation below.
  • I declare that, to the best of my knowledge, the information I have provided in my application and supporting documents is true and correct. I understand that RBS may terminate my admission or cancel my enrolment if any false or misleading information has been provided.
  • I am aware of the costs of studying in Australia including tuition fees, additional related costs and living expenses for the duration of my course and have the financial capacity to meet them.
  • I have read and understood the Student Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedures (www.russo.qld.edu.au). This policy, and the availability of complaints and appeals processes, does not remove my right to take further action under Australia’s consumer protection laws.
  • I consent to my personal and contact details, course enrolment details and circumstances of any suspected breach of a student visa condition, being made available to Commonwealth and State agencies of Australia and to other organisations and persons where required or authorised to do so by law. If applicable, I consent to my personal and financial details being released to my sponsoring agent throughout the study period covered in this Letter of Offer.
  • I authorise RBS to check my migration status (work and study entitlements) with Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for the purpose of confirming my enrolment conditions.
  • I acknowledge that the information contained in RBS’s website and publications is subject to change without notice. I understand that I must access my RBS email account regularly to receive official communications transmitted electronically by RBS and to check and maintain my personal and fee information.
  • I acknowledge that if I am studying a course that requires me to successfully complete a qualifying program and I subsequently do not meet this requirement before the first census date of my new course, then my admission to the new course will be terminated immediately.

Student Visa Program

  • I understand that if I am under 18 years of age at the commencement of the course, it is my responsibility to make the necessary guardianship arrangements with the Australian DIBP.
  • I accept the responsibility for obtaining a student visa to permit me to study full-time in Australia for the duration of this course.
  • I acknowledge that I am required by RBS to study on a student visa and, as a condition of my student visa, I will be required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of my student visa. As a commencing international student RBS will arrange OSHC for the duration of my student visa at the fees stipulated within this Letter of Offer.
  • I understand that the cost of OSHC (including Goods and Services Tax) is set by the service provider and that it is subject to change.
  • Extension of OSHC, if required, will be my own responsibility. Please note that RBS receives a commission from the service provider, however this does not alter the cost of the premium. For further information on OSHC see www.oshcallianzassistance.com.au
  • I understand that OSHC only provides health cover for students studying on a student visa.
  • I agree that if I am unable to continue this course, or if I am unable to continue as a full-time student, I will notify RBS Student Services immediately in writing.
  • I understand that I must arrive at RBS in sufficient time to enrol and make all the necessary academic preparations prior to the commencement of my course.
  • I understand that I am responsible for maintaining enrolment in my registered course.
  • I understand that if I have any school-aged dependents accompanying me to Australia that they must attend school and that I may be required to pay full fees if they are enrolled either in a government or non-government school.
  • I agree that, during the time that I am enrolled to study at RBS, I will advise RBS within 7 days of any change to my Australian address and/or telephone number.

Deferral, Suspension or Cancellation guidelines

  • If the enrolled student wishes to defer their enrolment or take leave of absence until a later date, RBS will hold the fees paid for 6 months as at the date advised in writing without levying a penalty. If the student subsequently cancels or exceeds the agreement holding period, all fees paid will be automatically surrendered to and become the absolute property of RBS. Refer Refund Fee Table below.
  • A relevant RBS Manager must give approval to proceed with deferral, suspension or transfer (internal). This must take place through a formal agreement in certain, limited circumstances.
  • A student may transfer (internal) to another course at RBS and pay any cost difference if the new course is more expensive. (The first point of the Fees section below, will apply).
  • The National Code restricts the capacity of students to transfer to other providers prior to completing six months of their principal course (that is the student’s main course of study or that leading to the highest qualification on the student’s current visa). Students should be aware that changing course or provider may affect their visa. RBS will agree to release students in specific circumstances. RBS will not transfer fees to another institute or to another currently enrolled student, unless arranged at the time of enrolment.
  • Students who hold a student visa will not be allowed to suspend their studies except on the grounds of ^compassionate or compelling circumstances, such as serious illness or bereavement, supported by documented evidence. (Refer to ^ below.)
    [If a student defers, suspends or cancels their enrolment, RBS must report the variation of enrolment to the Secretary of The Department of Education & Training via the Provider Registration and International Students Management System (PRISMS).]
    ^Compassionate or Compelling circumstances:
    Will be considered as circumstances that are beyond the control of a student and which have an impact upon the student’s course progress or wellbeing.

Deferral, Suspension or Cancellation guidelines cont.
These could include, but are not limited to:

  1. serious illness or injury, where a medical certificate states that the student was unable to attend classes;
  2. bereavement of close family members such as parents or grandparents (where a death certificate should be provided) major political upheaval or natural disaster in the home country requiring emergency travel and this has impacted on the student’s studies;
  3. a traumatic experience, which has impacted the student (these cases should be supported by police or psychologists’ reports), which could include an involvement in, or witnessing of an accident, or witnessing or being the victim of crime; or
  4. inability to begin studying on the course commencement date due to delay in receiving a student visa.
    Please note that the above are only some examples of what may be considered compassionate or compelling circumstances. Each request will be assessed individually based on the documentary evidence and information provided. Students will need to provide appropriate evidence supporting their request.
  • RBS reserves the right to suspend or cancel a student’s enrolment at any time due to misbehaviour or non-payment of fees. In the event where the suspension or cancellation is initiated by RBS, an Intention to Suspend or Cancel, and the student has 20 working days to access our Complaints and Appeals Policy. (Note: Written notices under Standard 10.6 of the ESOS Framework will be given by electronic communication)

Fees

  • All fees are payable as determined by RBS at enrolment. All international student fees are payable up to no more than 50% of total course fees
    – prior to commencement. If the course is 25 weeks or less in duration, then total course fees are required in advance. Note: A student may choose to pay more than 50% of their course fees.
  • Fees are correct at time of publishing, and may vary at any time without prior notice.
  • Fees are correct at time of publishing, and may vary at any time without prior notice.
  • Students total course fees, including resources and all other sundries as listed in the Acceptance and Payment Agreement of the Offer Letter.
  • For international students who are applying for a student visa, fees are deposited into a designated account in accordance with the Tuition Protection Service (TPS).
  • Where the student requires RBS to organise Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), the fee is withdrawn from the designated account and paid to the Health Insurance Fund on the student’s arrival.
  • Students should be aware that there are deadlines for accepting offers and making fee payment. All fees are required to be paid as notified in writing by RBS or as per the issued invoice. A penalty of $50 per week may apply for late payments.
  • Failure to pay fees may result in the student’s enrolment being cancelled. RBS will issue an ‘Intention to Cancel’, and the student has 20 working days to access our Complaints and Appeals policy. Where extenuating circumstances relating to the welfare of the student apply, this may be taken into consideration.

Refund policy
Refer to the Refund Fee Table (below) for information regarding refunds.

  • When an applicant accepts a place offered by Russo Higher Education 2 (RHE 2) Pty Ltd ABN 34 601 105 319 trading as Russo Business School (RBS) [CRICOS Provider Code – 03441F) by virtue of enrolment, a binding accepted Letter of Offer between the person who entered the agreement and RBS comes into existence subject to the conditions below.
  • All refund requests, notifications of cancellations, deferrals or suspensions of enrolment must be made in writing. Further information on these procedures can be obtained by accessing the RBS website at www.russo.qld.edu.au
  • No refund is given if a person who has entered into an accepted Letter of Offer with RBS is expelled by RBS, and/or has their visa cancelled by the Australian DIBP whilst they are an enrolled student at RBS.
  • Provider default is covered by the provisions of the ESOS Act 2000 and the ESOS Regulations 2001. In the unlikely event that RBS is unable to deliver your course in full, you will be offered a refund of all the course money you have paid to date, in accordance with TPS and the RBS Refund Policy. The refund will be paid to you within 10 working days of the day on which the course ceased being provided.
  • Under TPS, you may be offered enrolment in an alternative course, if available, by RBS at no extra cost to you. You have the right to choose whether you would prefer a full refund of course fees, or to accept a place in another course. If you choose placement in another course, we will ask you to sign a document to indicate that you accept the placement.
  • This agreement and the availability of a complaints and appeals process do not remove the right of the student to take action under Australia’s consumer protection laws.
  • Australia has a reputation as a safe, progressive and dynamic place to study, and RBS maintains this reputation by providing quality education and consumer protection specifically developed for overseas students. The ESOS Act 2000 and associated legislation is the legal framework governing the responsibility of education institutions towards overseas students (ESOS Framework).
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